I wake in darkness to someone nearby saying the word "boat." After a pause the voice says "That's a beautiful boat. We ought to come back in the morning to see it." And I thought it was morning, or at least close to it. I guess not. I roll over and go back to sleep.
Cast off from Centreville Wharf at 7:55 after a calm night. No wind so motoring at idle speed down the Corsica River.
Sycamore Point at 8:10 and a hint of a breeze. Peanut butter RXbar and a tanka buffalo bar for breakfast. Ship Point just past the yacht club at 8:50, light wind and making 1.3 under full sail. A light overcast and cool, a noisy gaggle of geese is unseen somewhere in the marsh. Making just under a knot with the helping tide. A little more wind at 9:15. Slip on foul weather gear against the cold.
The sun breaks through the clouds at 9:35, feels good. Making 2.0 and the geese take flight off Spaniard Point. Passing Russia House at 9:40, making 2.8. The wind fills in and doing 3.7 on the Chester River.
Crossing the Chester just before 10:00 making 4.2. Better wind and 4.9 across the smooth water at the mouth of Langford Creek. Passing Cacaway Island at 11:00 with a cool breeze, the overcast has returned. 11:10 turn up the West Fork of Langford Creek.
12:15 the sun is out, blue skies but the wind is gone. Turn back down the creek making 0.8 kts. It is a slow drift past a farm on the eastern shore with a white barn and two silos.
At 1:25 the gps shows 0.0 kts, a very slow drift down the creek and listening to a Ravens game on the radio. Sun is out again, getting hot. Can see ruffled water down below Cacaway Island. Some wind at 1:55 and making 3.0 towards the island.
Back on the Chester River at 3:00, put out a trolling line but wind is light and we are moving to slowly to attract any fish. Making under a knot at 3:15. Clouds are back and it is getting cool again. 3:35 making 1.7, then 2.6 as we cross the Chester to Reed Creek.
Wind disappears and we motor the last stretch into the creek. A couple watches from a dock on a farm as I drop anchor at 4:40 in the protection of some tall trees. Wind arriving overnight.
Pasta and chicken with Alfredo sauce
16 NM for the day